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Western Walks feature – Nether Wasdale

Distance: 6.6 miles Ascent: 500 feet While it’s great to hit the top of a fell and cast your eye over everything below there’s also something to be said for a casual stroll along tree-lined streams, lakeside paths, green woodlands and lush farmlands that fill our valleys.  The fells aren’t always for everyone and our […]

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100 years of bringing the forests to life

Whinlatter Forest Park In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War. They are now England’s largest landowner and look after over 1,500 forests to benefit people, nature and the economy. Throughout 2019 the newly named Forestry England will celebrate 100 years with a […]

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Unwind with Forest Bathing at Whinlatter

Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of Forest Bathing, comes to Whinlatter led by Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing. Imagine walking slowly through the quiet forest, your feet lightly compressing the soft pine needles underfoot, breathing in the fresh clean air, feeling the breeze and the delicate brush of leaves against your skin as you move gently through […]

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Crummock Water – Our Lakes

Crammed between its upstart neighbour of Buttermere and the tranquil Loweswater, our lakes series casts its eye over Crummock water. Like Loweswater further down the valley, Crummock is often overlooked by visitors who tend to stick to nearby Buttermere.   But Crummock is dramatic and it has much to reward those that can break themselves […]

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Tight Lines with Cumbria Tackle

From coast to coarse, Paul Armstrong from Cumbria Tackle shares his fishing tips for the season.  Summer is just around the corner and what a spring it has been. Without sounding like a stuck record, the Thornback Ray fishing has been off the scale for months now, with great fish being produced right the way […]

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth – The King Scallop

This ‘seashell’ icon is widely recognised by the public as it has long been in use by the oil company Shell as it’s logo. The image is fact based on a King Scallop (Pecten maximus) shell, a shellfish species found in numerous localities in the Eastern Atlantic from Norway to Spain.    They are filter […]

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth – The Red Mullet

The Red Mullet (Mullus surmeletus) is, for the Solway Firth, an unusual fish that can grow up to 40cm long and weigh 1.5 kg, as it is found mainly in The Mediterranean and warmer Southern UK waters. It has nevertheless been recorded around most of the British Isles. It is a member of the Goatfish […]

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Trudy Harrison Backs Local Campaigners and Secures Westminster Hall Debate

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison is backing local campaigners including the West Lakes Squirrel Initiative and the Keswick Hatchery by securing a debate in Westminster Hall. ‘Potential Extinction of Red Squirrels’ will take place on Wednesday morning and a number of other MPs will also be speaking. Mrs Harrison said: “This wildlife could risk extinction in England […]

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A Circuit of Whiteside, Hopegill Head & Grisedale Pike 

  Length – 7.5 miles / 12.2 km  Ascent – 2510 feet / 761 metres  Start – OS grid reference NY158207  Lat 54.574476 // Long -3.304036  As the road from Cockermouth and Lorton approaches Crummock Water there is a car park with a telephone box at Lanthwaite Green. From the car park you can see the exit of Gasgale Gill between the […]

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SOS – Save Our Squirrels

Steve Tyson, Peter Armstrong and the volunteers at West Lakes Squirrel Initiative are the unsung heroes of our woodlands. For five years, the initiative has headed up the battle against invading Grey Squirrels.  The introduced species have decimated the native Red Squirrel numbers since their introduction to the UK. Cumbria has long been known as […]

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